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Rosatom confirms some 100 cases of Covid-19 at Belarus’ nuclear plant

Friday, June 5, 2020

Rosatom, the Russian corporation building the Astravyets nuclear plant in Belarus, has confirmed around 100 Covid-19 cases at the construction site some 50 kilometres from the Lithuanian capital. Alexei Likhachev, CEO of the Russian state atomic agency, confirmed on May 26 the surge in new infections, according to Belsat, Poland-based Belarusian news agency. On Friday, Likhachev said in a video message that the company took “unprecedented sanitary and epidemiological safety…

Revised Bank of Latvia forecast says GDP to shrink 7.5% in 2020

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Bank of Latvia has revised its economic forecast. It now predicts GDP will shrink in 2020 by 7.5% (from the March prediction of 6.5%) and inflation will be at 0% (down from predicted 0.5% in March). The institution predicts the economy to grow 6.7% in 2021 and inflation to be at 0.2%, the Bank of Latvia told the press June 5. The new forecasts reflect the impact of the…

Car sinks into Rīga cobblestone

Friday, June 5, 2020

On June 5 a car sank into the cobblestone road of Rīga’s Ģertrūdes Street as heating pipes had burst below the pavement due to damage incurred during a test of the city’s heating system. The driver, named Katrīna, was not injured in the accident. She said she was driving slowly in her BMW car and the road suddenly sank from beneath her. She was able to leave the car after…

Legendary ship restarts river route to the Baltic Sea

Friday, June 5, 2020

After 25 years in hiatus, the Soviet-built hydrofoil ship Raketa departed for its maiden voyage from Lithuania’s Kaunas to Nida on Thursday. The ship Raketa (Rocket) completed the 250-kilometre journey in four hours. The roundtrip uses up around 1,200 litres of fuel. The hydrofoil ship, which means the ship rises once it picks up speed, can sail in water less than one metre-deep and needs only 1.5-metre depth to launch.…

Chinese propaganda a threat to EU’s ambitions, warn Baltic states

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Baltic states and Slovakia said the EU’s geopolitical ambitions may be curtailed if it fails to respond to China’s and Russia’s disinformation, according to a document seen by Politico Europe in Brussels. The joint paper calls on the EU’s foreign service to ensure that its work remain “unimpeded by political considerations”, which is critical to “upholding public trust” and ambitions of the “geopolitical” Commission. According to Politico, the document…

Poland to join Baltic free travel bubble next week

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Baltic states and Poland have agreed to resume free travel next week, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Friday. He announced it after talking with his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki. “We agreed that free movement between the Baltic states and Poland will be resumed next week. It will be coordinated by the responsible ministries as a matter of urgency,” Skvernelis posted on Facebook. At the moment, citizens and…

Lithuanian MPs propose granting asylum to Hong Kong people

Friday, June 5, 2020

A group of Lithuanian lawmakers have proposed granting asylum to “Hong Kong people who might face persecution and repressions from China”. A draft resolution expressing concern over Beijing’s plans to impose a new national security law in Hong Kong has been proposed by 36 Lithuanian lawmakers from different parliamentary groups. The bill was submitted by Gabrielius Landsbergis, leader of the opposition conservative party, Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, leader of the Liberal Movement,…

Coronavirus update: 7 new cases confirmed in Lithuania, wide testing to continue

Friday, June 5, 2020

Seven new coronavirus infections were confirmed in Lithuania over Thursday, according to the National Public Health Centre. In all, the country has 1,694 confirmed Covid-19 cases, but 1,302 people have already recovered. Only 312 are still considered active cases, according to the centre. So far, 71 people have died from Covid-19 and nine patients who had the disease died from other causes. On Thursday, 5,254 people were tested for the…

Fiscal Discipline Council: More balanced support needed

Friday, June 5, 2020

Fiscal Discipline Council (FDP) said in a news release on June 5 that aid measures to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 crisis should be more selective, targeting sectors and companies still subject to restrictions. The lowest point of the COVID-19 economic crisis could have been reached in April. In the fourth crisis monitoring report on the impact of COVID-19 on the national economy and the fiscal situation, the Council stated…

Three for the weekend: rooftop concert, hike, drive-in movie

Friday, June 5, 2020

Summer has begun at full speed. Here are three tips to spend the warm weekend! On Friday, June 5, the Liepaja concert hall calls for an unprecedented live event – a concert on the roof of concert hall “Lielais Dzintars” (The Great Amber).  When the sun sets, the live broadcast will consist of ambiently cosmic electronic music, accompanied by a lightshow. Live broadcast is free of charge. The broadcast will be streamed at 22:00 on the Facebook accounts of  Lielais Dzintars  ,  Liepāja Municipality…